Hay Castle was the perfect venue for this couple…..
Hay Castle – a beautiful old building right in the heart of Hay-On-Wye. It’s not been ruined by unsightly renovations – it’s been repaired where needed and the rest left in character. I hadn’t had the pleasure of working at Hay Castle yet and then in August I was hired as the wedding planner for a lovely couple, Nadya & Nicky. They contacted me because they needed to hire a planner, at reasonably short notice, to both take the remaining planning for the day and to co-ordinate the day for them. They didn’t want to worry on the day about having to co-ordinate suppliers, make sure people were where they needed to be, sorting out someone to play the music, run their various planned activities – and quite rightly so! Every couple should enjoy their day and stress should not be a factor. I want a bride’s feet to ache because they’ve spent so much time dancing, not because they’ve had to run around sorting things out. I want a groom to be by his bride’s side, not running around trying to find ushers to help him do something.
From the moment I met Nadya and Nicky I knew this would be a wedding I’d enjoy. I met them at Hay Castle when they had scheduled a meeting with the co-ordinator at the Castle. They seemed to be a perfect match, and their ideas for the day were quirky but so absolutely them. We met at Hay Castle and this was my first visit to this venue. They walked me through the building and what they were going to do in each room. Everything was a little different to the norm, but amazingly personal to them as a couple. There was to be a gallery full of paintings and artwork from their friends and family, the flowers were to be provided by friends who had grown them on their nursery and would then decorate the venue with them and create the most lovely bouquets, and there was to be a treasure hunt for everyone to take part in. Hay Castle itself was chosen because it united the couple’s love of books. Neither one of the couple live nearby and had chosen to travel to find their perfect location.
On the day the sun shone and the weather was gorgeous. Many of the day’s activities, including the ceremony itself, were to be held outside and so to choose a venue where the weather would play a major factor was brave, but absolutely turned out to be the right choice. Hay Castle provides a stunning lawn at the front which has the most gorgeous view of Hay and surrounding areas, and an amazing staircase at the rear up from the town, which was the perfect entrance for the bride arriving at her wedding.